College of Allied Health & Nursing
Department of Speech, Hearing, and
103 Armstrong Hall
Communication Disorders MS
Communication Disorders is a discipline in human services offering graduates rewarding careers in speech and language pathology. A Master of Science program is available for students who have an undergraduate major in communication disorders or its equivalent. Individuals without an undergraduate degree in CDIS who are interested in a Master of Science degree in CDIS should contact the department graduate coordinator. Employment opportunities are commonly available in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private practice. The thesis or the alternate plan programs, when combined with students' undergraduate preparation, lead to the academic and practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology issued by the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Effective January 1, 1994, all graduate work applied toward the CCC must have been initiated and completed at a program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of ASHA. The Graduate Program in Communication Disorders is accredited by CAA.
It is the purpose of the Master of Science Program in Communication Disorders to provide a high quality of student preparation leading to careers in human services for persons with communication disorders and to promote scientific investigation in the normal and abnormal development and use of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing.
Applications for admission are competitive and must be received by February 1st for the following fall semester. If a vacancy occurs during the academic year, mid-year admission is possible. Approximately 15 new admissions are accepted each year. To take graduate level courses, applicants must have been admitted by the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Competitive applicants should have attained (1) a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of at least 400 on the verbal and quantitative test sections (writing scores considered on a case-by-case basis), (2) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, and (3) professional coursework. Applicants who have not attained the above GPA (3.0) may be admitted provisionally on the basis of their performance on the GRE (contact department for specific requirements and prior experience). Three statements of recommendation are also required as well as submission of a writing sample in the form of a letter of intent.
A limited number of graduate assistantships in Communication Disorders are available. Applications can be obtained online from the College of Graduate Studies and Research and should be filed by February 1st for the following academic year or until positions are filled.
Graduate study in Communication Disorders is fundamentally different than undergraduate work, as graduate students are expected to demonstrate superior academic performance. To be recommended by the faculty for graduation, each student's Plan of Study is reviewed individually for deficiencies.
Since ASHA allows both graduate and undergraduate credits to be applied to certification in speech, graduate students must complete the residual course credits between their undergraduate credits and the total ASHA requirements, as well as the University minimums for theses or alternate plan paper options. Similarly, they must meet the ASHA standard for clock hours of clinical practicum and at least 325 of these hours must be earned at the graduate level. At least 50 percent of students' academic credits must be at the 600-level, excluding the thesis and APP credits. With its emphasis on competency in becoming a speech-language pathologist, students must have experienced clinical supervision by at least two different faculty supervisors. Graduate students are required to enroll in two nonconcurring sections of CDIS 695. Assignments for CDIS 695 will involve an off-campus facility that requires travel. Two semesters of Internship 698 are also required of all graduate students.
As members of Minnesota State University, Mankato community, students assume the responsibility to meet the academic obligations in a fair and honest manner. This responsibility includes avoiding such activities as cheating, plagiarism, or collusion. Please refer to the University policy on academic honesty for definitions of terms and explanations.
Communication Disorders MS
(Thesis Track – 51 credits)
(Alternate Plan Paper Track – 52 credits)
Required Core (37-47 credits)
- CDIS 518 Seminar: Stuttering (2)
- CDIS 540 Organization and Management of Clinical Pro.(2)
- CDIS 577 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (2)
- CDIS 613 Naturalistic Eval. Children (3)
- CDIS 614 Language Therapy and Children (3)
- CDIS 615 Sem: Speech Sound Disorders (2)
- CDIS 616 Seminar: Voice Problems (2)
- CDIS 619 Adult Language Disorders (3)
- CDIS 621 Motor Speech Disorders (3)
- CDIS 688 Multicultural Issues (3)
- CDIS 692 Dysphagia (3)
- CDIS 695-01 Clinical Practicum SLP (2)
- CDIS 695-02 Clinical Practicum SLP (2)
- CDIS 522 Clinical Practicum Aud (2)
- CDIS 698 Internship (1-12) May take more than two internships.
Other courses to complete certification requirements.
- CDIS 610 Research and Information Technology in Communication Disorders (4)
- CDIS 675 Selected Topics (3)
- CDIS 694 Alternate Plan Paper (2); or CDIS 699 Thesis (3)
CDIS 502 (2) Child Language Disorders
Types and characteristics of language disorders in children.
Prerequisite: admission to major or concurrent enrollment in CDIS 503, consent of instructor, special education majors F
CDIS 503 (1) Child Language Disorders Lab
Lab associated with CDIS 4/502. Practice in applying course content to the language of children.
Prerequisite: admission to major, or concurrent enrollment in CDIS 502, consent of instructor, special education majors F
CDIS 505 (3) Beginning Sign Language
The first in a sequence of courses which aim at the development of skills in the use of American Sign Language as a form of communication with persons who are hearing impaired or deaf.
CDIS 506 (3) Intermediate Sign Language
The second in a sequence of courses which aim at the development of skills in the use of American Sign Language as a form of communication with persons who are hearing impaired or deaf.
Prerequisite: CDIS 4/505
CDIS 507 (3) Advanced Sign Language
The third in a sequence of courses which aim at the development of skills in the use of American Sign Language as a form of communication with persons who are hearing impaired or deaf.
Prerequisite: CDIS 4/506
CDIS 510 (3) Neurological Bases of Speech
CDIS 516 (3) Voice & Resonance Disorders
Description, etiology, assessment, and management of voice and resonance disorders.
Prerequisite: admission to major or consent of instructor F
CDIS 517 (3) Stuttering
Description, etiology, assessment, and management of fluency disorders.
Prerequisite: admission to major, consent of instructor S
CDIS 518 (2) Seminar: Stuttering
Advances in basic research and practices.
Prerequisite: CDIS 417 F
CDIS 520 (3) Seminar: Advanced Audiology
Seminar in audition and advanced audiologist concepts for the speech/language pathologist.
Prerequisite: admission to major, consent of instruction
CDIS 521 (3) Aural Rehabilitation
Habilitative audiology and the instruction of the hearing-impaired, including hearing aids, speech reading, and auditory training as it relates to speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
Prerequisite: admission to major or consent of instructor S
CDIS 522 (2) Clinic Practicum: Audiology
Clinical practice with audiometry, tympanometry, and patient counseling.
Prerequisite: admission to major; CDIS 301, 421; GPA 2.8 in major F,S
CDIS 523 (2) Educational Audiology
Management of hearing impaired children in school settings.
Prerequisite: admission to major or consent of instructor
CDIS 524 (1) Overview of Dysphagia
CDIS 526 (1) Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment of Dysphagia
CDIS 531 (1) Orientation Lab
Supervised observation of the diagnostic and remedial management of speech and language disorders.
Prerequisite: admission to major plus concurrent enrollment in 4/534 S
CDIS 534 (2) Orient to Clinical Practicum
Procedures and operation of the clinical program in communication disorders.
Prerequisite: admission to major plus concurrent enrollment in CDIS 4/531 S
CDIS 535 (3) Augmentative Communication
CDIS 538 (3) Speech Sound Disorders
Description, etiology, assessment, and management of speech sound problems.
Prerequisite: Admission to major or consent of instructor plus concurrent enrollment in CDIS 4/539 (Speech Sound Lab) F
CDIS 540 (2) Organization & Management of Clinical Speech Programs
Delivery of clinical services in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and other settings.
Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in CDIS 555 Supervising Paraprofessionals
CDIS 544 (3) Appraisal & Diagnosis
Tests, measures, procedures, and processes for the evaluation and diagnosis of speech and language.
Prerequisite: admission to major or consent of instructor S
CDIS 545 (1) Grand Rounds-Foundation
Observation of clinical case studies. S
CDIS 546 (2) Grand Rounds-Presentation
Presentation of clinical case studies. S
CDIS 555 (1) Supervising Paraprofessionals
Advances in basic practices of paraprofessionals.
Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in CDIS 540
CDIS 569 (2-3) Hearing Disorders
CDIS 577 (2) Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Explains and demonstrates the use of augmentative and alternative communication in the acquisition of knowledge about human communication disorders.
CDIS 610 (4) Research and Information Technology in Communication Disorders
Strategies for identifying, designing, and critiquing research and professional information from classic and evidence-based practice perspectives.
CDIS 611 (3) Craniofacial Anomalies
CDIS 612 (5) Child Language Assessment & Therapy
CDIS 613 (3) Naturalistic Eval Child
Non-standardized, informal assessment techniques of children's language disorders.
Prerequisite: CDIS 402 S
CDIS 614 (3) Language Therapy Children
Remedial procedures and intervention programs for language impaired children.
Prerequisite: CDIS 402 S
CDIS 615 (2) Sem: Speech Sound Disorder
Advances in basic research and practices as they pertain to speech sound problems.
Prerequisite: CDIS 438 S
CDIS 616 (2) Sem: Voice Problems
Advances in basic research and practice related to voice and resonance problems.
Prerequisite: CDIS 416 S
CDIS 619 (3) Adult Language Disorders
Advances in basic research and practice related to aphasia traumatic brain injury, right hemisphere dysfunction, and the dementias. F
CDIS 621 (3) Motor Speech Disorders
Apraxia and dysarthia of speech and dysphagia. Causes, assessment, and management.
Prerequisite: CDIS 410 S
CDIS 675 (1-3) Sem: Selected Topics
Course content varies among communication disorders topics with each offering.
CDIS 677 (1-6) Individual Study
Advanced individual study in a specific area. All terms
CDIS 688 (3) Multicultural Issues in Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation Services
Recognition and differentiation of linguistic and cultural differences and disorder in the multicultural population.
CDIS 692 (3) Dysphagia
Description, etiology, assessment, and treatment of swallowing disorders across the life span. Bedside and instrumental techniques for the study of swallowing are presented.
CDIS 694 (1-2) Alternate Plan Paper
CDIS 695 (2) Clinic Prac: Comm Disord
Supervised delivery of clinical services.
Prerequisite: admission to graduate program and 25 hours of observation
CDIS 698 (1-12) Internship
Prerequisite: CDIS 692 and a minimum of 25 clinical hours.
CDIS 699 (3) Thesis